This printed cloth commemorates the inaugural conference of the Ghanaian Methodist Church in 1961. It is intended to be used as a wrap-around skirt, and worn with a tailored blouse. The outfit also includes a baby-carrier, a smaller cloth in the same design.
In 1961, four years after the independence of Ghana itself, the Ghana Methodist Church became independent from the British-based Methodist Church. The cloth illustrates how, although brought by European missionaries, Christianity has become grounded in West Africa. The elephant and palm trees shown on the cloth are common symbols of Ghana.
- Article by:
- Dr Insa Nolte
Insa Nolte (University of Birmingham) gives a new perspective on the history of religion in West Africa. Indigenous belief systems and Islam have deep historical roots in the region, while Christianity is a relative newcomer. But all centre on the word, and all are still practised in the region today.